From Seat 1A: Lupa Osteria Romana, New York, NY, United States
International lawyers travel… a lot. Our President, Antonio Valla, has the privilege of travelling the world representing our valued clients. Along the way he has enjoyed a variety of cuisines and restaurants from Michelin starred to street stalls. Clients and colleagues often ask him for recommendations, so we at V&A thought that this blog, From Seat 1A, would be an interesting and useful read. Buonappetito!
NEW YORK "CAPUT MUNDI". Much as Rome was once "caput mundi" - the world's capital - there is no doubt that New York now covers that role. A world-class business and tourist destination, New York is literally deluged with restaurants and cafes of all stripes. One of my favorites, quite appropriately, is a Roman restaurant. Lupa Osteria Romana, tucked away at 170 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park, and a short walk from NYU, is absolutely fantastic. Tuck into the appetizers - including the magnificent cutting boards of salumi - but save room for the fantastic pastas. The carbonara is possibly the best I have had in my 33 years in America, and the amatriciana is top-notch. The pork shank (for two) is tasty, and falls off the bone. Desserts are good, but not spectacular. The restaurant is operated by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, and lives up to their classy reputation. A key note: reservations are a must for dinner, but not necessarily for lunch. Indeed, Lupa is one of my favorite quiet, unassuming, utterly delicious New York lunch spots, particularly if you like to dine at 1pm, rather than the traditional US noontime. Buon appetito! Lupa Osteria Romana, 170 Thompson Street, New York, NY www.luparestaurant.com